What makes these chess pieces unique?
Kikkerwood (Acacia) and Boxwood Pro chess pieces that are double weighted.
What are the dimensions?
Chess King Size: 3.75”. King Base Width: 1.6”.
What the heck is the king base width? It is the diameter of the base of the king (the bottom of the king piece). This measurement is important when selecting the right chess board square size for the chess pieces that will be playing on it.
What are some of the unique selling features of this product?
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The chess set wood explained:
Kikkerwood: Kikkerwood or Kikar is in the Acacia tree family. Rosewood and Golden Rosewood (Sheesham) are now an endangered species and exported from India.
It is becoming more and more limited. Kikkerwood isn't as red as rosewood, but has a very nice grain and resembles more of a Walnut in color.
Boxwood defined: Boxwood has a fine, even texture with a natural luster. The grain tends to be straight or slightly irregular.
Why Weighted Chess Pieces?
You have a wide variety of chess pieces and boards to choose from, they may be referred to as weighted, what does that mean and do I want them?
The main advantage of a weighted chess piece is they will not tip over easily like a standard chess piece would, which is desirable when a player is reaching across the chess board to make a move, it would be embarrassing not to mention an inconvenience for both players.
The feel of a weighted chess piece is desired by many players because they are comfortable to the touch and glide smoothly across your chess board.
In the past chessmen were often weighted by placing a steel weight inside, so if they were referred to as triple weighted it meant there were three steel pieces inserted or two if it was double weighted.
The multiple insert practice is no longer used and currently each insert is weighted to equal the standard, double or triple, since there is no standard in terms of chess piece weight it can be subjective.
Regardless a weighted chess piece feels and performs better than plastic chessmen with no weight at all.
Tournament chess players prefer weighted chess pieces and the preferred chess set is the Staunton because it is the standard for tournament play and has requirements that have to be meant put forth by the United States Chess Federation.